Two Friends

Two Friends

Director: Jane Campion

Cast: Emma Coles, Kris Bidenko, Kris McQuade

     
 

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Oscar winner Jane Campion's debut feature Two Friends comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a production essay, a still photo gallery…  See more details below

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Oscar winner Jane Campion's debut feature Two Friends comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a production essay, a still photo gallery, and a short film directed by Campion. This is a fine release from Image that boasts excellent picture quality.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A realistic, unsentimental portrait of the closeness of adolescent friendship, Two Friends was the film debut of director Jane Campion. It received a theatrical release in the U.S. ten years after being made for TV in Australia. The narrative structure is told backwards, telling the story of the disintegrated friendship back in time toward its highest peak, but is nowhere near as demanding as the reverse action in Christopher Nolan's Memento (2001). Nothing in the story really warrants the use of such a device, anyway; it is a simple, sad, and rarely seen drama of being a 15-year-old girl. The strong-headed Louise (Emma Coles) and the restless Kelly (Kris Bidenko) give nuanced performances as the troubled teenagers trying to forge a connection amidst the typical problems with boys, school, and, significantly, parents. The deceptively common subject matter is treated with significant care and tenderness. Almost cinéma vérité, Campion captures everyday activities like grocery shopping, talking on the phone, and watching late night movies on TV with a meaningful respect and grace. Other sparkling moments involve Louise's well-meaning mother, Janet (Kris McQuade); the relationship between the mother and daughter rings true of simultaneous closeness and reluctance. Though technically crude at times -- the poor sound recording coupled with the Australian accents makes some of the dialogue difficult to understand for the U.S. audience -- Two Friends nevertheless scores as an honest look at a deteriorating friendship and the impacts of parental involvement in shaping identity. Jane Campion would return to some of these themes in her successful black comedy Sweetie.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0014381129625
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:19:00

Special Features

Press kit; Production stills

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emma Coles Louise
Kris Bidenko Kelly
Kris McQuade Louise's Mother Janet
Stephen Leeder Jim
Debra May Kelly's Mother Chris
Peter Hehir Kelly's Stepfather Malcolm
Tony Barry Kelly's Father Charlie
Steve Bisley Kevin
Sean Travers Matthews
Kerry Dwyer Alison
Giovanni Marangoni Renato
Paul Mason Father at Funeral
Lisa Rogers Little Helen
Amanda Frederickson Kate
Rory Delaney Wally
Emily Stocker Soula
Martin Armiger Philip

Technical Credits
Jane Campion Director
Jan Chapman Producer
Helen Garner Screenwriter
Janet Patterson Production Designer
Julian Penney Cinematographer
Bill Russo Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title; July [4:17]
2. Hardly a Person [12:04]
3. February: 5 Months Earlier [5:36]
4. The Third Wheel [7:52]
5. Too Close for Comfort [6:47]
6. January: 1 Month Earlier [12:26]
7. December: 1 Month Earlier [15:27]
8. October: 2 Months Earlier [3:35]
9. Girl Talk [4:06]
10. Scribbles [3:32]
11. Good News [1:09]
12. End Credits [1:42]

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